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COVID-19 blog, 17 October: thirty-six new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,761 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with thirty-six new positive test results being added.

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where seventeen further individuals were found to have been infected. Five new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County and five from Tartu County. One new case each was also added from Pärnu County and Saare County. On seven occasions, the places of residence of those individuals who tested positive were not specified in the population register. As a rule, such individuals tend to be foreign nationals.

The number of cases for every 100,000 people in the last fourteen days is 35.74.

One of the new cases from Ida-Viru County caught the virus from a family member, while one further individual was infected in the workplace, one at school, and two via their acquaintances. There are seven active outbreaks in total within the regional department’s area of operations. Eleven cases are connected to an outbreak at a school in Kohtla-Järve, and an outbreak within a circle of family members and acquaintances in Ida-Viru County involves eight cases. There are nine cases that are connected to an outbreak at a school in Jõhvi, and nineteen cases to the care home outbreak in Jõhvi. The outbreak at a school in Sillamäe involves a further thirty-five individuals, and an outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves ten cases in total in Kohtla-Järve and Sillamäe. The workplace outbreak from Narva involves seven cases.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring 938 people, of whom 160 have fallen ill.

Fourteen new cases were added from Tallinn. Five of the new cases from Harju County were infected via work-related contacts. In four further cases, the virus was brought in from England, France, Afghanistan, and India. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. There are six different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. Thirty-nine cases are connected to the first outbreak in a workplace, while the second workplace outbreak involves eight cases, and the third workplace outbreak involves seven cases. An outbreak within a family circle includes five individuals. This morning, a new school outbreak was added, which includes six individuals, as well as one further workplace outbreak with six individuals who have been infected.

The inspectors of the Health Board’s northern regional department are monitoring 1,272 people, of whom 234 have fallen ill.

Three of the new cases from Tartu County were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. On two occasions, the origins of the infection are still being investigated. The southern regional department is monitoring 563 people, of whom fifty-six have fallen ill. As part of those efforts, the southern regional department is also monitoring two outbreaks. An outbreak in a workplace in Võru involves twenty-four individuals and another workplace outbreak in Jõgeva County involves eighteen individuals.

The circumstances surrounding the new cases from Pärnu County and Saare County are still being investigated. The western regional department is monitoring sixty-two people, of whom seventeen have fallen ill.

Two patients are on a ventilator

As of the morning of 17 October, a total of thirty COVID-19 patients in Estonia are being treated in hospital, with two patients on a ventilator. Four new patients were discharged, two patients were transferred to a non-COVID-19 department, and one further individual was transferred from the Ida-Viru Central Hospital to another hospital. Two new COVID-19 cases were opened. No new deaths have been added in the past 24 hours. Coronavirus has now claimed the lives of sixty-eight people in Estonia.

As of today, 17 October, hospitals have closed a total of 513 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 499 people.

Also as of 17 October, a total of 3,198 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,402 people have been closed (75.1% of the total) and, in the case of 796 people (24.9%), more than 28 days have passed since they tested positive and the individuals concerned are not being treated in hospital, meaning that they are awaiting confirmation of their recovery.

Over 241,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 4,052 or 1.67% of the total have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.koroonakaart.ee/en.

The people of Estonia have done well - the restrictions have so far proven successful

We have done well, but let’s not become careless. The restrictions that have been established so far have been successful, and the spread of the virus has remained stable. The next few weeks will show whether the number of new cases remains the same, or whether it will start to increase again, or even deliver an encouraging drop. By making an effort together, we can stop the spread of the virus and continue living our normal lives.

The school holidays may become a critical breaking point in the spread of the virus. By taking care of one another, we can protect others from being infected. Spend the school holidays in Estonia. Information about various options for spending leisure time can be found in locations such as your nearest youth centre. Local youth centres usually organise a good many exciting activities during school holidays and also implement the measures required to ensure the safety of the participants. Many events and activities are being organised outdoors.

As of Monday, anyone who arrives in Estonia from the Baltic States or Finland will not be required to self-isolate if they test negative. Estonia wishes to restore the common movement zone between the Baltic States and Finland, as the COVID-19-related epidemiological situation is similar in the countries of the region and the common movement zone will make it possible to keep life in the region as normal as possible. The advice to travel only if it is unavoidable still applies and is especially relevant now, keeping in mind the forthcoming school holidays.

Download the HOIA mobile app from Google Play or App Store which will inform you if you have come into close contact with an individual who has coronavirus. The app also allows you to anonymously notify other users if you have fallen ill yourself. Codes are being exchanged anonymously between the phones of people who use the app, while the government, the app’s developer, and the manufacturer of your phone will not be notified of those with whom you have come into close contact. Further information is available here: www.hoia.me/en.

COVID-19 is a droplet infection which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreading from one person to another as a result of sneezing and coughing or via contaminated surfaces and unwashed hands.

According to information from the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre, as of today the HOIA app has been downloaded on 157,690 occasions, and 102 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected.

Further information about COVID-19 can be found on the Health Board website and on its Facebook page.

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The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,604 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with thirty-seven new positive test results being added.